Vulvodynia and vaginal pain
Most women have or will experience pain during sexual intercourse, with 10%-15% of women the pain is constant and is called Vulvodynia – chronic pain in the external genitals of a woman.
In most cases, the pain is localized in the vaginal opening (vestibule) and is called vestibulodynia (aka vulvar vestibulitis).
The pain may extend to other areas in the vulva and along the pelvic (generalized vulvodynia)
The pain may be described as burning, stinging, itching or any other vulvar discomfort.
The pain may be provoked, that will occur only with direct contact (sexual intercourse, inserting a tampon, wearing tight jeans, riding a bicycle etc.), or it can be unprovoked and will occur spontaneously.
The pain may be primary when it is felt with the first sexual experience, or secondary when a woman who experienced sexual intercourse without pain at some point in her life begins to feel the pain.
In most cases, the pain causes guilt and a decrease in self-esteem due to a feeling of shame and being damaged hence sexuality interruption.
The cause of vulvodynia is still unknown
A few words about me:
I have studied Chinese medicine in Israel and China and have been specializing in gynaecological diseases since 2004. In 2007 I met Dr Liora Abramov, the head of the Sex Therapy Clinic in Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, with whom I have collaborated to offer a better solution for women suffering from vulvodynia. Since then, I have been investigating and treating this syndrome.
From my clinical experience, most cases treated by Chinese medicine showed significant pain relief and also an improvement in the quality of life, since other complaints as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), migraines, menstrual diseases and more were alleviated or cured.
The treatment includes a personal diagnosis, Chinese acupuncture, herbal formulas and changes in lifestyle (suitable diet, sleep, exercise etc.) the individual treatment reduces the already low chances for side effects.
The treatment is NOT invasive as most of the suitable acupuncture points are distal to the genitals.